Take advantage of opportunities, Elechi urges PHCCIMA members


Chairman of the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA), Sir Mike Elechi, has urged members of the association to build on what his administration has put on their table.
He gave the advice while addressing PHCCIMA members at the monthly general forum at its secretariat in Port Harcourt last Tuesday.
He said: “It is our promise to add value to the chamber and to ensure that you get value from your annual dues, and part of that is the consistent monthly general forum. As businessmen, whatever we do without selling our products to each other, we have done nothing. So, I felt that we should start exchanging within ourselves about our different products and services and translate them to our next door neighbor.
“At the monthly meeting we share complementary cards and contact each other, we have designed the meeting so that each meeting day we bring in one or two organizations to talk to us about relevant topics as it affects our businesses and we kept fate to that,” he added.
Elechi, who is the chairman and chief executive of Vintage Farms and Products Ltd, frowned upon members who deliberately absented themselves from the monthly gathering, which he said; do not speak well of their association in the eyes of their guest speakers who have demanded to meet them in their number.
He therefore called on members to try to exploit the opportunities available to them.
In his keynote address, the Regional Director of Trustfund Pensions Ltd, Dr Omaka Omaka who spoke on “Various Topics on the Contributory Pension Scheme”, encouraged companies on the benefits of partnering with Trustfund Pensions Ltd, as any contribution made continues to be appreciated. overtime.
He advised business owners, especially those in the informal sector, to get involved in the microfinance fund and enroll their staff in the pension scheme, which were in stages with the essence of getting funds to retirement age, adding that it was a motivational approach for their staff to perform at their best and a criminal offense to withhold pension deductions.
The Permanent Secretary of the Department of Commerce and Industry of Rivers State, represented by the Deputy Director in charge of SMEs, Mr. Patrick Igbo, also spoke on the subject “Rivers Cares”, advised the business owners to take advantage of the domesticated national program, RivCares, a response program set up by federal/state governments and the World Bank to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He explained the processes able-bodied PHCCIMA members would go through to register online, warning that no agent had been appointed for the program, which he said would end on July 13, 2022.
In another keynote presentation on “How to Make Your Business Succeed in Tough Times”, Managing Director of Primeport Logistics Ltd, Otunba Femi Adewunmi, advised business organizations to consider their fundamentals when growing their businesses. companies to be able to stay strong in difficult times. .
In an interview with reporters after the meeting, the Managing Director of Primeport Logistics Limited, Otunba Femi Adewunmi, explained that wherever problems arise, there is always an opportunity, adding that as business owners, he you have to calibrate and prepare for an eventuality.
The clearance and shipping expert also explained why the eastern ports are not making much progress compared to that of Lagos.
He said: “The truth is that we are not optimizing the limited things that we have in the region. There is no structure on the ground in the eastern ports, and that is what the Primeport sets up”.
Other executive and board members present at the forum include the 2nd Vice President, Hon. Prince Charles Beke; Treasurer, Surveyor Emmanuel Ogbonda; Publicity Secretary, Pastor Uche Onochie; PHCCIMA HLVP and President of SESSCCIMA, Dr. Hyke Ochia.
The rest include elected members of the council: Barrister Innocent Amah, Chief Emeka Ezekwe, Ms. Florence Nwosibe, who is also the chairperson of the Trade Missions Office, Chairpersons and Distinguished Members of the Trade Group, other guests, journalists and the General Manager, Mr. Erasmus Chukunda.
The July General Members Forum was sponsored by the Chamber Member Welfare Secretary and Managing Director of Goddie Chemicals International Company Ltd, Engr. Godwin Etim and Trustfund Pensions Ltd.

From: Nelson Chukwudi

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